May 2020 was the 9th warmest May on record, indicating the continual rise in climate change.
Though you may feel like nothing you do will solve the threat to the Earth, there are steps you can take to help reduce your impact and make the world a better place. You can start by creating a sustainable home!
If you’re unsure what steps you can take to live a more ecofriendly lifestyle, keep reading for some of the most effective steps you can take to change the way you live.
Reduce Single-Use Plastics
Reducing the use of plastic in your home is crucial to shrinking your carbon footprint. When you buy single-use disposable items, they sit in landfills across the globe, slowly releasing carbon emissions as they break down.
Instead, you can make the switch to reusable products. Swap out your cotton balls for washable cotton rounds, and find more drinking water filters to completely stop buying plastic water bottles. You can invest in metal bottles to keep with you, as all you need to do is wash them.
Thrifting often gets a bad reputation as being “dirty” or “cheap.” However, this is only a stigma as buying secondhand furniture is a great way to save the environment and money!
When new furniture is manufactured, it consumes limited resources and releases emissions during the process. Instead, you can find perfectly good furniture pieces for your home from local secondhand stores. This is a great way to reduce consumption and waste!
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
As a smart homeowner, you’ll want to invest in energy-efficient appliances for your home. These are standard appliances that consume less electricity due to smart technology inside.
Though it may sound like these appliances aren’t as efficient as standard options, you’d be shocked! These work just as well, with the added benefit of saving money and the Earth.
Different types of homes have varying levels of insulation depending on their age and materials. Old insulation leads to you cranking up the heat in the winter and dropping the temperature in the summer, as it allows the hot air to escape in the winter and enter in the summer.
Instead, when you start your homeownership journey, upgrading your insulation can help cut your electricity use, as you won’t need to crank up the heat or AC, thanks to the insulation trapping the hot or cold air in.
A Sustainable Home Creates a Happy Earth
Though the state of the environment may have you feeling down, there are simple steps you can take to do your part and reduce the effects of global warming.
Keeping these tips in mind can help create an ecofriendly environment, while saving you money!
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